2018 NFL Draft: Updated top 25 targets for New York Giants
By Henry Buggy
#18 – Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell
Clemson’s defensive end has skyrocketed his draft value with his play in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound pass rusher recorded 66 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles this season.
Kiper has Ferrell listed as the No. 8 overall prospect and the second best defensive end. Clemson’s redshirt sophomore is an ideal fit for a 4-3 defensive front and could be an eventual replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul or Olivier Vernon down the road.
Ferrell is unlikely to end up with Big Blue due to New York’s draft position. McShay had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Clemson’s defensive end in his most recent mock draft, and most draft analysts expect him to be a top-15 pick.
The Giants finished the 2017 season tied for the third fewest team sacks (27) in the NFL. Gettleman will likely add at least one pass rusher to New York’s roster this offseason either through the draft or free agency. And unless the G-Men trade back, Ferrell seems likely to start his NFL career elsewhere.